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Library Card Sign Up Month Celebrated at the Keene Public Library

September is Library Card Sign-up Month. It is a time when the Keene Public Library joins the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to remind parents, caregivers, and students that signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement and lifelong learning.

There is nothing more empowering than signing up for your own library card. Through access to technology, media resources, and educational programs, a library card gives students the tools to succeed in the classroom and provides people of all ages opportunities to pursue their dreams and passions.

Libraries offer everything from early literacy programs to virtual homework help and GED classes, helping transform lives and communities through education. At the Keene Public Library, you will find a wide variety of educational resources and activities, including digital books and learning tools, virtual activity programs, and learning kits.

The Keene Public Library is pleased to announce a new service for learners, HelpNow, which offers live tutor access for homework help, skills building, and test preparation. HelpNow is free to Keene Public Library cardholders and is available through our website each day from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Brainfuse also offers collaboration tools for students who prefer to work independently and form their own online study group. Students can schedule their own online sessions using the Brainfuse MEET whiteboard, which is specifically designed for a group setting.  Brainwave is a recordable whiteboard where students can draw, write on the whiteboard, and chat, then save and email it to others for feedback.   

“Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children,” Gail Zachariah, Head of Engagement and Youth Services. “We have library programs that serve students of all ages and backgrounds such as an afterschool virtual STEAM program for learners ages 8 through 13, a home-based Little Makers program for families with children ages two through six, and a virtual teen writers group.

Keene Public Library, along with libraries everywhere, continues to adapt and expand services to meet the evolving needs of our community. To sign up for a library card or to learn more about the library’s resources and programs, please visit https://ci.keene.nh.us/keene-public-library/your-library-card.

This year, DC’s Wonder Woman is embarking on a mission to champion the power of a library card as Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chair. In her new role, Wonder Woman will promote the value of libraries and encourage everyone to get their very own library card. During September, each child or teen that shows a Keene Public Library card to a Youth Librarian will be able to choose a free book. The Keene Public Library will host Library Card Sign-up month-long activities, including a photo scavenger hunt and a bingo card game. For more information, please visit www.keenepubliclibrary.org.

Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. During the month, the ALA and libraries unite together in a national effort to ensure every child signs up for their own library card.

For more information on how you can sign up for your library card, visit the Keene Public Library at 60 Winter St. or call 603-352-0157. Current library hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to noon and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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